What will I learn?

Programme overview

  • Learn from some of Europe's leading researchers while undertaking your own project.
  • Access some of the best research facilities in the world at both the University and in hospitals around Greater Manchester.
  • Undergo training in transferable skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals through the Doctoral Academy's training programme.
  • Conduct research at a university ranked 6th in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Programme description

Our PhD/MPhil Medical Microbiology programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Medical Microbiology.

As a postgraduate research student in medical microbiology, you will be based in the Microbiology, Biofilm and Microbiome Research Group.

While there is some flexibility in research themes, we generally offer projects involving the study of one or more of the following topics:

  • microbial pathogenicity and infection
  • in vitro modelling
  • probiotics
  • antibiotic or microbicide resistance/susceptibility
  • human microbiome
  • interactions between bacteria and eukaryotic cell systems.

As well as providing research experience in applied microbiological techniques, we work with collaborators both within the University and, where appropriate, externally to give you valuable experience in methods including confocal microscopy, metabolomics, next generation sequencing, transcriptomics and proteomics.

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate research degree will open up a range of career opportunities after you graduate.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Standard £24,500, Low £25,500, Medium £32,500, High £37,500
Start date

Expected September 2022


The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,


M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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